Thursday, 7 May 2009

Rainbow Squares

Have you ever wondered what happens when you Google rainbow squares? Looking for inspiration for mine tonight I came across some good ideas (not for embroidery) and if any of you are keen knitters (I think some of you are judging by comments I here about going to woolfest) then this might be up your street. If it is, can I order a pair as I am not a good knitter.

windowpane-socks This will take you to a blog with 4 free tutorials on how to make them. The instructions for knitting and the photos are superb.

In return as well as paying for the wool, I promise if someone will knit me a pair that I will wear them up Scafell Pike and take a photo of them on the top.

Next up I found this recipe:-


8 ounces almond paste, shredded
1 1/2 cups soft butter
3 cups flour
30 drops red food coloring
18 drops green food coloring
9 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons almond extract
6 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Grease 3 (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 34-inch) cookie pans and line bottom with wax paper, letting paper extend over short sides. Beat egg yolks, almond paste, butter, and extract at medium speed until light and fluffy. With wooden spoon, beat in flour. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and mix with almond paste mixture. Blend well. Separate into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to 1 part and green to another. Spread red, green, and white batters into each of 3 prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes until edges are brown.

Spread raspberry jam on green layer, top with white layer, spread with apricot preserves on white layer, top with red layer. Cover, weigh down and refrigerate overnight.

Melt chocolate pieces in double boiler. Spread on cake. When set cut into squares.

Makes 7 dozen.

Well there you have it girls, socks and ever so scrumptious cookies.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Cheshire Textiles exhibitions

Notice of two exhibitions have been emailed to us and the details are below:-

Bankfield Museum
Boothtown Road
Tel: 01422 352823/352334
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays: 1pm – 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 10 am – 5pm

11th July – 6 September 2009

‘Evolution - Celebrating 21 years of Cheshire Textiles’

And for those of you who like to be nearer home:-

Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre
Garsdale Rd
Cumbria LA10 5LW
Tel: 015396 21958
Open 10.30 – 5 daily

4 July – 30 August 2009

‘21 Vessels Plus’
Cheshire Textiles at Farfield Mill

Sadly, no illustrations or photos were included so you will have to use your imagination. And you may have noticed that Sedbergh is not quite as we spell it, I only copy the posts I don't always correct. Lyn